Announcing the 2015 PEN Literary Award Winners
It is with great excitement that PEN announces the winners of the 2015 PEN Literary Awards. After considerable deliberation, this year’s judges have made their final decisions for PEN’s book awards and career achievement awards. All winners will be honored at the 2015 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony to be held on June 8 at The New School. The longlists for the book awards can be found here. The shortlisted titles can be found here.
The winners of the Debut Fiction, Art of the Essay, the Open Book Award, the PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize were announced at the Literary Awards Ceremony on June 8. The recipients of the PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants were also announced on June 8.
2015 PEN LITERARY AWARDS WINNERS
PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction ($25,000): To an author whose debut work—a first novel or collection of short stories published in 2014—represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.
JUDGES: Caroline Fraser, Katie Kitamura, Paul La Farge, and Victor LaValle
PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay ($10,000): For a book of essays published in 2014 that exemplifies the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature.
JUDGES: Diane Johnson, Dahlia Lithwick, Vijay Seshadri, and Mark Slouka
PEN Open Book Award ($5,000): For an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color published in 2014.
JUDGES: R. Erica Doyle, W. Ralph Eubanks, and Chinelo Okparanta
PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize ($10,000): For a promising young writer under the age of 35 for an unpublished work of nonfiction that addresses a global and/or multicultural issue.
JUDGES: John Freeman, Roxane Gay, and Cristina Henríquez
WINNER: Adriana E. Ramírez for Dead Boys
Melissa Petro for Unbecoming
Liz Quinn forThe Forgotten Midwives of Guatemala
Krystal Sital for Incantations
PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award ($10,000):For a book of literary nonfiction on the subject of the physical or biological sciences published in 2014.
JUDGES: Sue Halpern, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, and Carl Zimmer
PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction ($10,000): To an author of a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective and illuminating important contemporary issues which has been published in 2013 or 2014.
JUDGES: Andrew Blechman, Paul Elie, Azadeh Moaveni, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, and Paul Reyes
PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography ($5,000): For a distinguished biography published in 2014.
JUDGES: Emily Bernard, Nicholas Fox Weber, and Jon Meacham
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing ($5,000): To honor a nonfiction book on the subject of sports published in 2014.
JUDGES: Rich Cohen, George Dohrmann, and Jonathan Mahler
PEN Award for Poetry in Translation ($3,000): For a book-length translation of poetry into English published in 2014.
JUDGE: Ana Božičević
PEN Translation Prize ($3,000): For a book-length translation of prose into English published in 2014.
JUDGES: Heather Cleary, Lucas Klein, Tess Lewis, and Allison Markin Powell
PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Awards ($7,500 and $2,500): Three awards which honor a Master American Dramatist, American Playwright in Mid-Career, and Emerging American Playwright.
JUDGES: Kathleen Chalfant, Ellen McLaughlin, and Adam Rapp
Master American Dramatist
WINNER: Tina Howe
Playwright in Mid-Career
WINNER: Anne Washburn
WINNER: Jennifer Blackmer
PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry ($5,000): For an emerging American poet showing promise of further literary achievement.
JUDGES: Marie Howe, Mary Szybist, and Craig Morgan Teicher
WINNER: Saeed Jones for Prelude to Bruise (Coffee House Press)
PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship ($5,000): For an author of children’s or young-adult fiction to complete a book-length work-in-progress.
JUDGES: Viola Canales, Selene Castrovilla, and Elizabeth Levy
WINNER: Stephanie Kuehn for The Pragmatist (Forthcoming from Dutton/ Penguin Books)
PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing ($5,000): For a writer whose body of work represents an exceptional contribution to the field.
JUDGES: Mike Barnicle, Franklin Foer, and Selena Roberts
WINNER: Bob Ryan
PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing ($2,500): For a magazine editor whose high literary taste has, throughout his or her career, contributed significantly to the excellence of the publication he or she edits.
JUDGES: Christopher Castellani, Carmela Ciuraru, and Bill Clegg
WINNER: Rob Spillman for Tin House
PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation: For a translator whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of his or her work.
JUDGES: Selected by the PEN Translation Committee
WINNER: Burton Watson
PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants ($2,000-$4,000): To support the translation of book-length works into English.
JUDGES: Esther Allen, Mitzi Angel, Peter Blackstock, Howard Goldblatt, Sara Khalili, Michael F. Moore*, Declan Spring, and Alex Zucker (*Voting Chair of the PEN/Heim Advisory Board)
WINNERS: Allison Charette, Jennifer Croft, Stephan Delbos, Amanda DeMarco, Adriana Jacobs, Roy Kesey, Lee Klein, Dong Li, Meg Matich, Jacob Moe, Rajiv Mahabir, Takami Nieda, Zoë Perry, Will Schutt, Sophie Seita and Simon Wickham-Smith.